The pandemic may have caused India's only Cherry Blossom festival in Shillong to be cancelled, but the virus has definitely not been able to cancel the spirit of the festivities as the pink and white blooming flowers have started adorning vast stretches of the town starting November. The flowers are blooming and are being spotted in every nook and corner of the town. The buds start to show in late October and are in full bloom usually by November.(Photo: muezart_yarn/Instagram)
The flowers, also known as Prunus cerasoides are a gift from the Himalayas and usually grow across the east and west Khasi hills. Even though the flowers are mostly seen in the wild, sometimes they are also seen planted along roads inside the town, so that the blooms are seen everywhere.(Photo: muezart_yarn/Instagram)
Japan's famed Cherry Blossom Festival is the most famous in the world which takes place in Spring, followed by South Korea and even the one in France's Paris. The festival at Shillong is also one of the most sought after destinations to watch the flowers in all their glory. (Photo:ANI/Twitter)
As the pandemic has made it difficult to travel anywhere outside the country without the risk of being infected with the virus, cherry blossom lovers have taken it up to take in the beauty of the white and pink bloom from the safety of their homes.
While the festival has been cancelled this year, the event provides guided night walks under illuminated cherry blossoms to online photography competition, live western music bands to beauty pageants among many other interesting events every year. (Photo: muezart_yarn/Instagram)
International plans might have been halted this year, but Meghalaya is still a good option, considering if one is coronavirus free. The state administration will allow tourists to visit the cherry blossom festivals if they go have a COVID-19 negative rapid antigen test report or a RT-PCR report, taken no more than 72 hours before boarding the flight. (Photo: muezart_yarn/Instagram)